May 28: 2-1 Win over Le Sueur-Henderson
Tiger Derek Hoffman shined from the mound as Belle Plaine faced off against Le Sueur-Henderson, who shut the Tigers out 13-0 at their last meeting.
Last Tuesday’s Section 2AA matchup told a different tale as Hoffman got the win, giving up just one unearned run over five innings.
Luke Luskey stepped in for the save and pitched for two innings, letting up no runs and striking out two Giants in the process.
Scoring began early for the Tigers when Luskey drove in Jamie O’Brien in the first inning.
LS-H couldn’t connect with home plate until the bottom of the fifth, and by that point, the Tigers had already mounted another run. That came in the form of Dylan Kahle making it home on a ground ball hit by Garrett Boblitt.
“Hoffman and Luskey combined to throw an amazing game and kept Le Sueur off balance all night,” Belle Plaine Head Coach Pat Schultz said. “We took good at bats all night and made their pitcher work. It was a great game to be a part of and a big win over the number one seed in the section.”
May 30: 4-3 Loss to Blue Earth Area
Blue Earth Area got on the board first in the second inning after having loaded bases, taking starting pitcher Garrett Boblitt out of the game.
BEA kept firing in the third inning when they scored another single run for the 2-0 lead.
The Tigers finally came to life in the fifth inning when they exploded with three runs for the 3-2 lead, which came after O’Brien singled, Kahle walked and Luskey and Burgemeister hit for an RBI and an RBI double, respectively.
The lead was shortlived as two unearned runs gave BEA the lead at 4-3 until the close of the contest.
“This was a game where we had some chances but couldn’t take advantage and didn’t do enough of the little things to win the game,” Schultz said. “It was a tough loss because it was a winnable game and would have put us in a great situation.”
June 1: 5-3 Win over Waterville-Elysian-Morristown
Things got off to a rocky start against Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, who opened up with a single run in the first inning to make their presence known. They fired off another unanswered run in the third to bring the score to 2-0.
Hoffman started on the mound, and despite throwing five strikouts, BEA was still able to make it home off an unearned run let up by the Tiger defense, which forced Hoffman to face extra hitters.
In the fourth, the Tigers began their comeback when Olson and Kruger used back-to-back hits to score a single run.
The Tigers kept firing in the fifth inning when O’Brien led of with a double before Cade Morrison and Luskey drove in runs to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead.
Hoffman led off in the sixth with a single. A courtesy runner took the reins from there and aggressively pushed his way home for an additional run.
The Tigers’ final run came in the seventh when Luskey exploded with a triple in the seventh. Boblitt followed that up with a double to bring Luskey home for the 5-2 lead.
Luskey took over for Hoffman after WEM scored another run in the seventh. With the score at 5-3 and the bases loaded, Luskey landed a defining strikeout to end the game, sending the Tigers to the final four of the play-offs.
“For as well as we had been playing all playoffs, this was a frustrating one at times. Hoffman threw a great game and really battled to overcome the multiple errors behind him,” Schultz said. “Hoffman and Luskey combined for no earned runs, five hits and nine strikeouts and were huge in keeping this game close enough for us to eventually win.”
The Tigers are set to take on Le Sueur-Henderson Tuesday, June 4. The results of that contest, which determined which team earned the right to play against BEA for a shot at the section title against St. Peter, were not available in time for print publication.
BPHS Boys’ Baseball
W Apr. 8:Sibley East 2, BP 4
L Apr. 9: St. Peter 7, BP 3
W Apr. 15: TCU 8, BP 9
L Apr. 16: Cannon Falls 14, BP 4
W Apr. 18: NYA 3, BP 8
W Apr. 23: Maple River 5, BP 12
W Apr. 25: Sibley East 8, BP 11
L Apr. 26: Jordan 13, BP 3
L Apr. 29: LSH 6, BP 2
L+W May 2: Southwest Christian 9, BP 2; SWC 2, BP 3
L May 6: TCU 13, BP 8
L May 7: LSH 13, BP 0
L May 9: NYA 11, BP 0
L May 13: TCU 13, BP 8
W+W May 16: BP 14, Mayer Lutheran 0 + BP 11, ML 8
MRC Baseball Standings
Jordan 12 2
Le Sueur-Henderson 11 3
Southwest Christian 9 5
Tri-City United 8 6
Belle Plaine 7 7
NYA Central 7 7
Sibley East 2 12
Mayer Lutheran 0 14
W May 23: Medford 5, BP 9
W May 28: LSH 1, BP 2
L May 30: BEA 4, BP 3
W June 1: WEM 3, BP 5